City hosts Grand Opening for Brushy Creek East Trail Extension

Event featured City Councilmembers racing Round Rock Olympians

The City of Round Rock hosted a Grand Opening Celebration to officially open the new Brushy Creek East Trail Extension and the entire community is invited to attend on Nov. 9

To celebrate the opening of the new trail system, Round Rock residents and Olympic Track and Field Athletes Michael Tinsley and Natasha Hastings challenged the entire City Council to a running race on the new trail system.

About the Brushy Creek Trail Extension

The Brushy Creek Trail Extension includes 1.83 miles of 10-foot wide concrete trail from A.W. Grimes Boulevard to the west end of the existing Brushy Creek East Trail behind the Sonoma subdivision. Additional project improvements include site furnishings, two pedestrian bridges featuring the largest pedestrian bridge ever installed in Round Rock history. Other improvements include trail head improvements (parking, bike locker, interpretive signage) at Rabb Park.

The project has funding from Federal Highway Administration/Texas Department of Transportation ($2.3 million), Williamson County ($400,000) and the City ($190,000).

About the Brushy Creek Regional Trail Gap Project

The entire Brushy Creek Regional Trail Gap Project will provide significant connectivity for the City of Round Rock and Williamson County in the form of a safe, barrier-free bicycle and pedestrian route. This corridor was identified as a regional spine trail in the Round Rock Citywide Trails Master Plan and the Transportation Master Plan, both of which were approved and adopted by the City Council under the City of Round Rock General Plan.  This project will also serve to facilitate expansion of the Williamson County long range Brushy Creek Regional Trail Vision that will ultimately connect Hutto to Lake Travis along Brushy Creek, essentially creating an alternative transportation route from the eastern Williamson County boundary to the western boundary linking numerous cities along the way.

This alternative transportation corridor will provide connectivity between cities and access to many large employers and retail centers.  The proposed route is also identified as “regionally significant” on the Transportation Improvement Plan and in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan under the CAMPO 2030 Regional Bicycle Plan.

The Brushy Creek Trail Gap Project will provide a safe, continuous, barrier-free pedestrian and bicycle route from Redbud Lane/CR 122 to the heart of downtown Round Rock. Construction of the trail extension will connect the existing Brushy Creek East Trail, completed in 2005, to A.W. Grimes Boulevard.

A. W. Grimes Boulevard, completed in 2007, has a 10 food wide adjacent sidewalk and a pedestrian underpass which will provide pedestrians and cyclists access to the Greater Lake Creek Trail system (connects to Lake Creek Park and Pool, dog park, Clay Madsen Recreation Center and Shayla Dame Skatepark).

The trail will also connect to some upcoming trail projects along Brushy Creek. Two more segments of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail will be completed in the next three years, thanks to voter approval of bond funds, one of which is the Heritage Trail Project which tells the history of Round Rock through interpretive signage, art, and park amenities. This section of trail is located in the downtown area of Round Rock and connects Bathing Beach Park, Memorial Park and Veterans Park.

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